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									Based On Lost Manuscripts & Original Research Discoveries


      THE            lost
      SEVEN              secrets
                 OF SUCCESS
   How The Million Dollar Ideas of America’s Forgotten
  Genius – Bruce Barton – Can Help You & Your Business
           Become a Roaring Success TODAY!

              With an Electrifying Foreword by Dottie Walters
                       Author, Speak & Grow Rich!

                Revealed For the FIRST TIME ANYWHERE!
“Buy this book, apply these secrets, and your prosperity will be

 Dan McComas, President, Dan McComas Associates, Marketing & Management

 “This breakthrough book, based on the ideas of a forgotten
genius, will help smart marketers increase their effectiveness a
                    minimum of fivefold.”

                     Bruce David, publisher of “Starting Smart.”

“The principles are sound and sensible, and guaranteed to help
    any business person make more money. Since 99.9% of
businesses don’t use them, anyone putting the seven lost secrets
 to work will gain an unbelievable edge over the competition.”

         Bob Bly, author of 18 business books, including Selling Your Services.

“One of the most revealing works ever~ I literally couldn’t put
 it down. There are life and business’ success lessons in each

                         Jim Chandler, President, VistaTron.
“Barton was the messiah of business who helped America pull
out of the Great Depression. Now he can help ALLOF US
survive the current recession.”

                    Scott Hammaker, CEO, Nashville Party Connection.

“An excellent guide to better advertising, better promotions and
better marketing. My copywriting abilities and creative
strategies have been strengthened and broadened. I’m awed
and inspired.”

                       Tina Nokes, Owner, A-Plus Resume Service.

“A passionate book on the timeless, inspiring, perceptive,
forceful and sincere ideas of Bruce Barton; a man nobody really
knew, a genius lost in history.”

                                Jim King, CPA, Houston.

“The re-discovery of these proven principles are the
foundation upon which to build a prosperous enterprise.”

                    Mark Weisser, CEO, Gulf Coast Security Systems.
 The Seven
Lost Secrets
Of Success
    By Joe Vitale
By Joseph G. Vitale. All rights reserved.

           1992 Joseph G. Vitale

No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic or
mechanical including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system,
without written permission from the author.

All excerpts from Bruce Barton’s letters, articles, and books are used here with the kind permission of John
B. Wingate, Executive Director of the International Center For the Disabled, owners of Barton’s literary

Other Bruce Barton materials, including sales letters and advertisements, are copyrighted materials
reproduced here for educational purposes only under fair use provisions of U.S. Copyright law.

First Edition: August 14, 1992

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 92-90948

Printed in the U.S.A.

Printed On Recycled Paper
 “One never knows, when he enters an elevator or tears open
an envelope or picks up the telephone, what new trick of
fortune may be about to be played. Every day is a new series
of adventures; around the next corner may lie the event that
will change a whole career.”

      -- Bruce Barton, 1928
                                         About Bruce Barton

“The Man has genius.”
  -New York Herald Tribune, 1927

“The Prophet of Advertising.”
  -Advertising Digest,1949

“Million Dollar Ad Man.”
 -Chicago Daily News, 1944

“The modern philosopher for millions.”
  -Tribune Newshawks, 1945

“He should be advertising’s Man of The Century.”
 -Printer’s Ink, 1961

“Bruce Barton breathed inspiration…”
 -The Advertising News, 1924

Foreword by Dottie Walters

How I Discovered The Lost Secrets

The Ultimate Guru… The Messiah of Business… The Man Everyone
Knows…The Second B in BBDO…Business Can Save The World…Secrets
to Success Revealed…Lost 65 Years?… Results Guaranteed.

Why You MUST Advertise

Just Try Stopping…Your True King…How To Advertise.

Reveal The Business Nobody Knows

A Nation of Steel…How You Can Live Forever…The Advertising Nobody
Knows…The President Nobody Knows…What People Really Want…The
War Nobody Knows…The Gasoline Nobody Knows…The Business
Nobody Knows…Teach Them Why…The YOU Nobody Knows.
Use A God To Lead Them

Riding To Her Death…The Service Guru…Become the Expert…Dough
Johnson’s Secret…How To Create a Miracle…Post & Crocker & Earhart.

Speak In Parables

Snap, Crackle, Pop…Hypnotic Stories…How To Sell Bad Products…Story
Selling…He Died a Millionaire…A Barton Story Sells Me…A Miracle
Letter…Marshall Field…Napoleon Inspires Barton.

Dare Them To Travel the Upward Path

The Zest Of the Battle…Only You Should Read This.

The One Element Missing

Do You Support It?…The Acknowledged Master…True Service or
Greed?…Honesty Sells…You Can Fool Them Once (Maybe)…They Told
Him No…His Letter.

Give Yourself Away

Money Is A By-Product…”Selah”…Women & Revolution…”No Credit
Please”…Another Level of Giving…The Front Porch…How Giving Led To
Greatness…Top This.

Sharpen The Knife

Spit Polished…Mike It Tight…Smart Ads…Healing Knives…Sharpen Your
Choices…Act Before It’s Too Late.

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Special Reports & Books

          For Marian…

   The loving sunshine who has

Supported me every step of the way,

    No matter what the project,

       Or the outcome of it.

 Several people helped me create this book.

 Thanks to Mrs. Caples, wife of the late copywriting king John Caples, for
sharing a moment by phone that made my eyes well up in tears. She knew
Bruce Barton through her husband’s work and gave me a couple of excellent
leads for background material. I will not forget talking to her.

 Thanks to Greg Manning, Jim King, and Scott Hammaker, three rare
friends. Their encouragement and stimulating ideas have always managed to
somehow keep my projects alive and me moving forward.

 Thanks to Dan Starr for his initial research and Bruce Barton bibliography.

 Thanks to the Houston Public Library for answering my questions and
hunting down copies of old books through their miraculous interlibrary loan

 Thanks to Colleen of Colleen’s Books, for her amazing ability to locate
out-of-print books on a wide variety of topics. She’s been a reliable resource
for nearly 20 years.

 Thanks to Harold Miller and Christine Schelshorn, of The State Historical
Society of Wisconsin, for their aid in locating specific Bruce Barton materials.
 Thanks to John B. Wingate of the International Center For The Disabled for
granting permission for me to use excerpts from Bruce Barton’s writings in
this book.

 Several people read earlier versions of this book, or just encouraged me to
keep writing, and gave helpful feedback or advice: Murray Raphel, Herschell
Gordon Lewis, Debbie Zimmerman, Jerry Twentier, Tina Nokes, Stuart
Nokes, Claudette Manning, Carol Marashi, Bob Bly, Dan McComas, Milton
Ward, Douglas Norment, Judith Barton Denis, Cliff Leonard, Mark Weisser,
Jim Chandler, Martin Parris, Tillie Wier, Lyle Steele, Marquita Anderson,
and Deborah Healon all deserve a round of applause.

 Jean at the River Oaks Book Store helped me brainstorm a worthy title for
this book.

 And thanks, of course, for Dottie Walkers’ friendship, support, ideas, and
for her touching foreword.

This book has obviously been a team effort.

               Joe Vitale
                              The 7 Lost Secrets of Success

 “In every human being, whether emperor or cowboy, prince or pauper,
philosopher or slave, there is a mysterious something which he neither
understands nor controls. It may lie dormant for so long as to be almost
forgotten; it may be so repressed that the man supposes it is dead. But
one night he is alone in the desert under the starry sky; one day he stands
with bowed head and damp eyes beside an open grave; or there comes an
hour when he clings with desperate instinct to the wet rail of a
storm-tossed boat, and suddenly out of the forgotten depths of his being
this mysterious something leaps forth. It over-reaches habit; it pushes
aside reason, and with a voice that will not be denied it cries out its
questionings and its prayer.”

 - Bruce Barton, What Can a Man Believe?, 1927
                                        The 7 Lost Secrets of Success


                                             By Dottie Walters

       (Dottie is the author of several books, including Speak & Grow Rich! And Never Underestimate
       The Selling Power of a Woman. She is also President of Walters International Speakers
       Bureau, and Chairman of the Board for the American Association of Professional Consultants.)

 What a wonderful book! I am delighted that my friend Joe Vitale has written about a great
man who profoundly influenced my life. When I met Bruce Barton, I needed his help badly.
I had begun my small advertising business on foot, pushing my two babies before me on a
rickety baby stroller with pillows tied on with rope.

 There were few sidewalks in the chicken ranching community of Baldwin Park. When the
stroller wheel kept coming off, I hit it back on with the heel of my shoe, then picked up the
cardboard I had stuffed inside to cover the holes, shook it out and stuck it back in. My
husband needed my help. I was determined that we would not lose our home in the recession.

 During high school my English teacher had pulled me out of regular English and insisted I
take journalism. How I loved it. I worked after school and on weekends in the bakery of a
midnight market. After I scrubbed the floors and washed the cases, I wrote articles and
poems for “The Moor,” our high school newspaper. So, when we needed money so badly, I
thought of the newspaper.

 There were certainly no jobs in that recession period. I persuaded The Baldwin Park
Bulletin to sell me advertising space at half price. Then I called on the merchants and sold
them the space at full price, adding my copy to their products as a shoppers’ column I called
“Window Wishing.” The difference was my profit.

 “I write from the customer’s viewpoint”, I told them enthusiastically. But I had no college.
I felt so unprepared in that man’s world. But I did have one wonderful thing to help me with
my fledging business: The Baldwin Park
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       Library. Every evening I would run over and pick up books on advertising, business,
       and sales.

 It was there I met Bruce Barton. I read all his books, and read them again. I heard his voice
in my mind. Uplifting, teaching, showing me how.

 Then one day the Publisher of The Baldwin Park Bulletin handed me a notice from the
Advertising Association. There was to be a meeting in San Francisco. Bruce Barton would
be the speaker!

 It took a lot of thinking and planning to put the money together and to arrange for baby sitters
in order to go. But I made it. I stuffed apples and a package of crackers in my briefcase
because I did not have money for meals. I didn’t stay overnight. I just came to hear Mr.

 He had white hair, a slight build, and told stories that enchanted the audience. He said he
based his advertising business on two things:

 First was a Bible verse: “Agree with your adversary early.” He explained that the
customer relaxes when you see their side of the situation. That when you really understand
what your customer wants, then it is so easy to show them that your product or service is just
what they need to get it. “Your job is to be the buyer’s assistant,” Mr. Barton said.

 Second he asked the audience if we remembered the 3 verse of “Mary Has a Little Lamb.”
                                              nd                             rd
Everyone knew the first verse, a few of the 2 , but no one could say the 3 . He recited it as
the second great principle of his advertising business:
   “Why does the lamb love Mary so?”
   The eager children cry
   “Because Mary loves the lamb, you know,”
   The teacher did reply.”
  I remember that I jumped as he hit the lectern with a loud bank as he said that 3 line. Then
he said, “It is about time we quit trying to shear these sheep – and start loving them a
little bit!”

 I saw immediately that Mr. Barton meant that we must see things from customer’s eyes. To
care for their interests, to help them. Because of his teaching, I built my small advertising
business into all of Southern California, hired, and trained 285 employees who sold over 4,000
continuous contract-advertising accounts. We had four offices. My customers brought me
other customers. Mr. Barton’s principles were the foundation of my business then, and they
still are.
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 But on that day in San Francisco when I was so young, uneducated, and yearning for
knowledge and help for my tiny start-up business, I waited until his speech was over. It took a
long time for everyone to shake his hand, and finally leave. Then I walked up to Mr. Barton
thinking “How can I tell him that he is my teacher?”

 I only had a moment with him. I reached out my hand to him. He took it in both of his. I
looked into his kind eyes and said, “I am the one who HEARD you.”

Bruce Barton replied, “You are the one I came for.”
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“In 1833 a clerk in the patent office at Washington handed in
his resignation.

 “There was no more need for a job like his (he wrote). Every
possible invention had been conceived and patented: there was
nothing left to invent.

 “In 1833—and nothing left to invent! Before the railroad had
spanned the continent! Before electricity lighted our streets
and moved our cars! Before the telephone, or the wireless, or
the steam shovel, or the dynamo! At the very threshold of the
greatest period of mechanical advance that the world has ever
known, this young man threw up his hands…

 “…the world, with all its times of trouble, still moves ahead.
No man can play a big part in the world who does not believe in
the future of the world…”

      - Bruce Barton, It’s a Good Old World, 1920
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                            HOW I DISCOVERED
                               THE LOST

                                “There is no substitute for love.”


       The Ultimate Guru
 Business is a great teacher.

 It makes you take risks, go for your dreams, face fears, handle your emotions, deal with
difficult people, and learn balance. You don’t have to do any weird workshops or sign up for
any therapy sessions. Go into business and you’ll be enrolled in the greatest seminar of all
time. And it happens every day, everywhere, to every one. You can’t avoid it.

 Though I’ve done self-help retreats, practiced meditation, walked on fire, and hunted for my
inner self, nothing ever compares to the day-by-day challenges of being in business. It’s the
ultimate guru. It shows you your fears and challenges you to go past them. It shows you
your dreams and challenges you to attain them.

 Not too many people talk about business in this way. I thought I was alone in my belief that
business could challenge us to be our best, and for a long time I kept silent. But then, while
researching advertising methods from the 1920’s through 1940’s, I found a kindred spirit from
an earlier time…

 The Messiah of Business

Bruce Barton lived from 1886 to 1967 – from after the Civil War right up to the Vietnam War.
Though Barton had a ringside seat for most of our century’s greatest events, few remember
him today. He has somehow fallen through the cracks of history.
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 When I tried to learn more about Barton, I hit roadblocks. Few remembered him. His own
advertising firm kept quiet when I asked for information. I couldn’t find his relatives, anyone
who knew him, or anyone who wanted to tell me anything about him. I began to suspect a
cover-up of some sort. For a man who ate with Presidents, made history, and led our country
on a quest for prosperity, it seemed odd that he was now forgotten.

 I decided to do some investigating.

 I couldn’t believe what I found.

 The Man Everyone Knows

 Bruce Barton was so famous that in 1938 an envious fellow wrote, “Almost every day there
is a story about a man named Barton. Barton says, Barton suggests, Barton shakes hands,
Barton laughs, Barton sneezes. It’s Barton, Barton, Barton everywhere.”

 As an author Barton penned many books, including a novel, several volumes of inspiring
essays, and the 1925 best-seller The Man Nobody Knows. It was this book that made
Barton’s name a household word. In it he declared that Jesus was the founder of modern

 The book set an entire nation on a path of service. When Bobbs-Merrill published the book
in 1925, they felt it might sell 500 to 1,000 copies. To everyone’s surprise (including the
author’s), the book shot to fourth place on the bestseller list in 1925 and was in first place by
1926. It’s still in print today.

 Written by a minister’s son who was also a prominent businessman, The Man Nobody Knows
made Barton, at least in the roaring twenties, “The man everybody knew.”

 Barton had contact with every President and every Republican presidential candidate of the
mid-twentieth century. He was an enemy of Franklin D. Roosevelt (and FDR openly said so).
Barton was also one of the first men in American history to use the media to promote a
presidential candidate (Coolidge). At one point Barton, a congressman in the 1930’s, was
named as a potential presidential candidate.

 The Second B In BBDO

 As a businessman Barton helped develop the advertising profession. He is the second “B” in
BBDO (the famous Batten, Barton, Durstine, and Osborn agency).
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Though Barton was more interested in being a journalist, and only wanted to work in
advertising part-time, he helped make BBDO the largest ad agency in the world in the 1940’s.
Barton created some of the greatest ads in American history, including several to end war
(they were never used).

 Because of his fame as a writer and businessman, Barton also knew pioneering business
leaders, including Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford. He was the first to help these giants use
advertising to promote their goods.

 And as a philanthropist Barton used his skills to help many well-known organizations, from
the American Heart Association and the United Negro College Fund to the Salvation Army (he
coined their slogan “A man is down but he’s never out”).

 Barton’s views, revealed in his books, articles, and speeches, shaped our culture. He was a
visionary who predicted television before it was invented. He was a revolutionary who
supported Jews and Blacks and Women. He was an optimist who believed in prosperity
during the Depression. He was a national leader who helped middle class America adjust to a
more modern era. He was the original motivational speaker who created inspirational talks
that are still often referred to even today.

 Due to World Wars, the Great depression, and personal tragedies, Barton’s popularity
weakened. Today few recall him or his startling message.

Business Can Save The World
 Barton believed business would save the world. He was a deeply religious man who
characterized himself as a Quaker spiritually. But he never felt that heaven would “come all
at once.” Barton believed that business would help create a heaven on earth.

 In 1924 he said, “…the millennium, if it is ever coming, is coming through the larger
increase and service of business.”

 At a visit to the White House Barton told President Calvin Coolidge, “Business is the hope
of the world. Give it a free hand under proper supervision and it will bring in the

 Despite his colorful life, there has never been a biography of Barton (except for a few
unpublished dissertations) or a study of his groundbreaking ideas.

Until now.
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 Secrets To Success Revealed
 I believe, like Barton, that responsible actions in business can help us create a life where
everyone has a chance for peace, happiness, growth, and prosperity.

 This book won’t examine Barton’s life. Instead, my focus is on Barton’s success strategies
and on how you can use them today. My belief is that Barton’s success at promotion and
marketing – his success in all areas of life – was due to these timeless strategies.

 Though Barton himself never put his secrets into book form – and though his eyes would
probably pop open in surprise while reading this book – I’ll stand by what I write. I’ve
studied Barton’s life, letters, writings, and ads. I’ve discovered a set of seven secrets, which I
feel Barton used, consciously or not, to create his most successful campaigns.

 Though one or two of the “lost secrets” are similar to practices used today, you can quickly
see that Barton went straight to the heart with his strategies. Barton went for a more global

 He didn’t write an ad to sell a product; he wrote literary vignettes packed with emotion that
reveal how a business transforms life as we know it.

 More than that, Barton’s ideas provide a fresh and lively approach to promotion, publicity
and prosperity; one that goes far beyond any existing methods.

 The Seven Lost Secrets of Success explains and illustrates each of Barton’s secrets. It also
includes questions and guidelines so you can use the seven strategies to promote yourself or
your own business and attain lasting success and prosperity.

 Lost 65 Years?
 Were Barton’s secrets really “lost”?


 Today I went to the library to look up three famous (once famous) people: Bruce Barton,
Helen Woodward and Elmer Wheeler. Barton is the subject of this book; Woodward was a
pioneer feminist and female copywriter in the 1920’s; Wheeler was a nationally known sales
trainer and speaker.
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Yet I’ll bet you never heard of any of them before today. (If it makes you feel better, the
library hadn’t heard of them either!)

 Why not? What happened to these once great people?

 Barton was once a household name. Why doesn’t anyone remember him?

 Woodward made headlines for her protests and ad copy (she was the first to advertise
Bradey’s famous Civil War photos). Why don’t we know her name today?

 Wheeler wrote best selling books and created a movement of people “selling sizzle, not
steak.” Why is Wheeler forgotten, too?

 What happened?

 I believe we are so caught up with what’s “new” that we forget about what works. History
hasn’t forgotten Barton, Woodward or Wheeler. We have. Our information age is so
constipated with new ideas, new facts, new reports, new studies, new books, new news, that
we can’t possibly retain yesterday’s news.

 That’s a costly mistake. When we forget the tried and true methods, we are forced to relearn
them through trial and error (usually a lot of the latter).

 Barton had some sensational ideas (so did Woodward and Wheeler, but that’s another
book). Because we let old knowledge get replaced with new information, we’ve lost some
major secrets to success.

 That’s why the secrets in this book are “lost secrets.”

 We’ve let them get buried.

 I simply found them while digging around in old books.

 They’ve benefited me.

 Now they can benefit you.

 Results Guaranteed

 These lost secrets work. And I can prove it.

 I’ve tested Barton’s strategies in my own life. They have given me money, happiness,
credibility, a feeling of self worth, and a sense of contributing to all mankind.
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 I’ve seen my clients use these secrets (some knowingly, others by luck), and I’ve seen them
prosper. Their stories, as well as my own, will be shared with you as you turn the pages of
this book.

 Use these secrets and you will create a legendary, electrifying, prosperous and
unshakable business – a business that just might help bring in the millennium the
“messiah of business” had hoped for several decades ago.

       “Many wealthy men have purchased newspapers with the idea of
       advancing their personal fortunes, or bringing about some political
       action in which they have a private interest. Such newspapers almost
       invariably fail… The public has a sixth sense for detecting insincerity;
       they know instinctively when words ring true.”

                                                                      - Bruce Barton, The Man
                                                                          Nobody Knows, 1925
       From a 1924 radio broadcast:

       “Those of you who were brought up on the Bible will recall the account
       of Joseph’s very remarkable business career. It tells how he left his
       country under difficulties and, coming into a strange country, he rose,
       through his diligence, to become the principal person in the state,
       second only to the King.

       “Now, my friends, the Biblical narrative brings us to that point – the
       point where Joseph had made a great success and was widely advertised
       throughout the country – it brings us up to the climax of his career and
       then it hands us an awful jolt. Without any words of preparation or
       explanation, it says bluntly:

               ‘And Joseph died, and there arose a new King in Egypt which
               knew not Joseph.’

       “Now that sentence is one of the most staggering lines which has ever
       been written in a business biography. Here was a man so famous that
       everybody knew him and presto, a few people die, a few new ones are
       born, and nobody knows him. The tide of human life has moved on…
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“Now, my friends, let us apply that story to modern business. An hour
ago there were in this country sick, in bed, several thousand old
folks. It is perhaps indelicate for me to refer to that fact, but it is a fact
– In this single hour which has just passed, those old folks have died,
and all the good-will which advertising has built up in their minds has
died with them – all the investment made by that past advertising has
gone on into another world where the products are not for sale.

“And in this same hour another thing – equally staggering – has
happened. There have been born into this country several thousand
lusty boys and girls to whom advertised products mean no more than
the Einstein theory. They do not know the difference between a
Mazda Lamp and a stick of Wrigley’s chewing gum. Nobody has ever
told them that Ivory Soap floats or that children cry for Castoria.

“The tramp of human feet is ceaseless across the state of time – For
every day and every hour the king – which is the public – dies; and
there arises a new king which knows not Joseph.”

                                   - Bruce Barton -
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                                   WHY YOU MUST

                    NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO
       “You can’t advertise today and quit tomorrow. You’re not talking
       to a mass meeting. You’re talking to a parade.”


       Just Try Stopping

“You are going to have national advertising whether you want it or not!” declared Bruce

U.S. Steel had decided to stop their national advertising. Barton went to Pittsburgh to
confront the managers. He told them they could cancel their advertising if they wanted but
that a different kind of advertising would continue.

“It is the advertising given you by politicians with axes to grind – by newspapers that
hope to build circulation by distorting your acts – by all other operators in the field of
public opinion, some unfriendly and some merely misinformed.”

       Then Barton hit them with a thunderbolt.

“Can you afford to take the risk of having all your advertising emanate from sources
beyond your control?”

       U.S. Steel renewed their advertising campaigns.

       Your True King

Your customer is king. (And if you are working for a boss, your boss is your customer).
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But your customers and clients do not know what you can do for them unless you tell them.

       But you must also KEEP telling them.

Every day a new set of customers appears. A new generation is born. Children become
buying adults. Adults switch jobs, develop new interests and lifestyles, and develop new
needs and desires.

If you do not let these people know about you and your services, they will not know to call
you. They will go to whomever they have read about, heard about, or seen advertised.
These new buyers will be the new king and they will not know of you.

Either advertise and continue to advertise or a new breed of customers will arise who will
ignore you for one simple reason: they won’t know you exist.

In 1920 Bruce Barton wrote, “You think that you have told your story to the world, and
that therefore your task is done. I tell you that overnight a new world has been born
that has never heard your story.”

You can offer the best service – the lowest prices – free incentives for every man, woman, and
child that walks through your doors – but if no one knows of you and your business, no one
will come.

“Elias Howe invented the sewing machine but he could not get women to buy it,” Barton
said in a 1934 speech. “He lived in poverty, and was reduced to the ignominy of
attending his wife’s funeral in borrowed clothes. A whole generation of women who
might have had their work made easier by his invention lived without its service because
there was no advertising to tell them about it.”

And consider Mozart. He wrote the world’s greatest music, yet died penniless. Those who
followed him, who knew how to advertise, grew wealthy by marketing Mozart’s works.

You can be the best worker – the smartest in your field – a person who has won awards for
your dedication and excellence – but if you don’t somehow let people know about your
talents, they won’t ever call you or ask for your help.

Note this: When the Great Depression of 1929 rocked America, most companies stopped all
their advertising. It seemed like a logical move. But many of the companies who continued
to advertise are still around today!

       There’s no way around it.
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       You MUST advertise.

       How To Advertise

       I get a lot of mail.

It’s amazing to see so many people wasting their money on advertising that doesn’t work. It
makes me gag. The ads, though often creative, don’t get results. The flyers all look alike.
The sale letters are impotent. Yet people keep dumping their money into this “advertising”
and they keep praying for results.

Eventually they go bankrupt and a new advertiser shows up to offer the same product or
service in the same limp way. After a while they fold and someone else comes along. And
so it goes – Since the process keeps going, few ever stop to ask if the efforts are actually

       It’s time for a change.

This book will help you promote yourself (or your business) in new, surprising and effective
ways – ways already tested decades ago by a man who used the methods to promote legendary
businessmen, like Henry Ford and Andrew Carnegie, and even U.S. Presidents, like Calvin
Coolidge and Dwight Eisenhower.

       Now it’s your turn.

The following secrets will help you achieve lasting prosperity and success. You’ll still have to
design ads that get attention and write letters that get results, but you’ll have the edge over
everyone else.

You’ll have the forgotten secrets of an advertising legend – a man who was prosperous and
successful in all areas of life – on your side.

       “Advertising is the very essence of democracy. An election goes on
       every minute of the business day across the counters of hundred of
       thousands of stores and shops where the customers state their
       preferences and determine which manufacturer and which product shall
       be the leader today, and which shall lead tomorrow.”

                                                                                  - Bruce Barton, 1955
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“Here is an important distinction that many people overlook:

“God made the world; but He does not make your world.

“He provides the raw materials, and out of them every man selects
what he wants and builds an individual world for himself.

“The fool looks over the wealth of material provided, and selects a few
plates of ham and eggs, a few pairs of trousers, a few dollar bills – and
is satisfied.

“The wise man builds his world out of wonderful sunsets, and thrilling
experiences, and the song of the stars, and romance and miracles.

“Nothing wonderful ever happens in the life of a fool – an electric light
is simply an electric light; a telephone is only a telephone – nothing
unusual at all.

“But the wise man never ceases to wonder how a tiny speck of seed,
apparently dead and buried, can produce a beautiful yellow flower. He
never lifts a telephone receiver or switches on an electric light without a
certain feeling of awe.”

                                                             - Bruce Barton, More
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                                     SECRET #1:

       “In the long run no individual prospers beyond the measure of his
       faith.”      - Bruce Barton, 1921

       A Nation Of Steel

Bruce Barton dug deep to find how a business served a global need or contributed to the
growth of the country.

When he and Roy Durstine landed the United States Steel Corporation account in 1935, Barton
helped whip up an ad that made history. He said Andrew Carnegie “…came to a land of
wooden towns…and left a nation of steel.”

This type of strategy changed the perspective of everyone. People were no longer buying a
product called steel; they were supporting a mission to improve the lifestyle of a nation.

How does your business serve life? How do you contribute to the improvement of lives?

You have to look past the obvious. You may be running a hamburger stand. But are you
just selling burgers? Aren’t you doing something more – maybe keeping people alive and
healthy so they can enjoy their lives and be happier?

       How You Can Live Forever

I help people write books. But books aren’t my only product. I am in the business of giving

       Let me explain:
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A book is a way for you to live forever. When you write a book, you put yourself in that
book. And you also create something that will live beyond you. Just look at the man we are
talking about: Bruce Barton. He died in 1967. But his writings have touched me (and now
you) from beyond his grave.

       Barton used this tactic to help him write his most famous book.

The Man Nobody Knows made Jesus alive for millions of people. Most people thought (and
still think) of Jesus as a sad, wimpy type of savior. But Barton said Jesus was physically
strong from being a carpenter, healthy from walking in the open air every day, popular
because He was invited to parties and attracted little kids, and a wise leader because He took
12 unknown men (fishermen!) and made them “salesmen” for His organization – a business
that has spanned the globe and touched everyone for thousands of years.

       Barton wrote in 1920, “He (Jesus) was at a wedding party – The wine had given
       out. So He performed His first miracle. Just to save a hostess from
       embarrassment – and He thought it worth a miracle. Just to save a group of
       simple folk from having their hour of joy cut short – it was for such a cause, He
       thought, that His divine power had been entrusted to Him.”

Nobody ever told ME that before! I now see Jesus with new eyes because of Barton’s
explanation. Barton revealed the man I never knew.

       The Advertising Nobody Knows

       Barton also used this strategy on his own profession.

When people complained that advertising was misleading or corrupt, Barton responded by
“revealing the business nobody knows.”

       The late John Caples, author and friend of Barton’s, once wrote in his dairy:

       “…(Barton) took the profession of advertising and told what wonders it is
       accomplishing in improving living standards – how it is forwarding the progress of the
       human race – how it is really a noble profession.”

       Barton himself said, “If advertising is sometimes long winded, so is the United
       States Senate. If advertising has flaws, so has marriage.”

       Elsewhere Barton said, “As a profession advertising is young; as a force it is as old
       as the world. The first words uttered, ‘Let there be light,’ constitute its
       character. All nature is vibrant with its impulse.”
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What Barton did was “reframe” the way people viewed his profession. And it worked. His
agency became one of the largest in the world.

       The President Nobody Knows

When Barton was nominated as a candidate for the U.S. Presidency, he wrote an article for
Cosmopolitan magazine (1932), which “revealed the President nobody knows.”

Most of us consider the President’s job to be high-risk, high-stress, high-profile; a
controversial and demanding position. Not Barton. He said one of his first official acts
would be to buy a horse and join two golf clubs.

       “The President should never be tired or worried. He should be fresh,
       clear-minded, full of power and decision. Thus, when his two or three big
       opportunities arise, he will be prepared to speak the word or perform the act that
       will fire the imagination of the country.”

Bruce Barton went on to say that our Presidents have never been very relaxed. Barton
revealed a new President – one nobody ever imagined before – a President who was human.

Though Barton was not elected President, his unique campaign strategy made him more real –
and more memorable and endearing – to thousands of people who never knew him.

       What People Really Want

       The way to perform this first strategy is to think of what people really want.

Cosmetic companies don’t sell lipstick; they sell romance (and sex). They know women want
to love and be loved. Lipstick is a device to attain it. To “reveal the business nobody
knows” a cosmetics firm would focus on the romance and sex derived from using their

       People want:

       * security   *sex   *power     *immortality      *wealth     *happiness   *safety   *health

                                             *recognition      *love

       How do you (or your business) deliver any of those essential needs?
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I mentioned a hamburger stand earlier. Instead of focusing on hamburgers, what if the owner
started selling “health”? He could bill his business as the first hamburger stand that caters to
your health. He could say, “Our burgers will give you energy and vitamins” or something to
that effect. He could “reveal the business nobody knows.”

Most people sell what they have in front of them. In other words, if you’re selling a shirt,
you show the shirt. But a way to “reveal the shirt nobody knows” is to show how the shirt
satisfied a more deep-seated desire. Maybe the shirt is made of special material that allows
your skin to breathe, thereby giving you romance. You have to look deeper than the obvious.

Take baking soda. Arm & Hammer has us putting their product on our toothbrushes and in
our refrigerators. They are clever people. They keep revealing other uses for their baking
soda. But Bruce Barton would have gone further and shown how the powder served the
world. Had Barton handled the Arm & Hammer baking soda account, we’d be crop-dusting
the planet with the stuff to clear the air of pollution.

When Bruce Barton was handed the Steel account, he could have written a relatively good ad
that said, “Carnegie Steel is the best in the business.”

Instead, Barton looked deeper. He wanted to reveal how the steel business served the more
basic needs of people. As a result he came up with the new famous ad (listed in the book,
The 100 Greatest Advertisements Of All Time): Andrew Carnegie “…came to a land of
wooden towns…and left a nation of steel.”

       The War Nobody Knows

       Barton hated war.

He lived through our country’s worst wars – from both World Wars right up to the Vietnam
War. He knew it was a hopeless activity. Nobody can win,” he said.

In 1932 he created a series of advertisements to “reveal the war nobody knows.” He wanted
to drive home the costs and pains of war. He wanted to awaken people to the tragic reality of
war. Barton knew that future wars would involve airplanes, big business, and even chemicals.
And he wanted to stop it by advertising “this HELL!” One of his ads read:

       Well, what of it?
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       “What of it? you cry? “The whole world was shocked.                    For days the
       newspapers talked of nothing else.”

       Well, but what of it? After all, it was a little thing.

       How many Lusitanias would have to go down to carry all the dead and missing
       soldiers and the dead civilians of the great World War?

       One Lusitania a day.

       For a year.

       For ten years.

       For 25 years.

       For 50 years.

       One Lusitania a day for 70 years, or one a week, beginning nearly a century
       before the discovery of America by Columbus and continuing to the present

       That is the number of Lusitanias that would be required to carry the dead. The
       dead of all nations who died in the war.

That ad and four others were used as illustrations in Barton’s 1932 article (before World War
II) in American magazine. But the ads never ran. And the country’s failure to listen to Bruce
Barton’s pleas to “reveal the war nobody knows” allowed further horrors of history to occur.

       The Gasoline Nobody Knows

At a 1925 talk to the American Petroleum Institute, Barton told his audience they weren’t
selling gasoline at all.

       “My friends it is the juice of the fountain of eternal youth that you are selling. It
       is health. It is comfort. It is success. And you have sold it as a bad smelling
       liquid at so many cents a gallon. You have never lifted it out of the category of a
       hated expense.”
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Barton explained his shocking position with a story about Jacob, who’s poor immigrant
parents had no gas and had to live in a dingy neighborhood under the shadow of ugly smoke
(coal) stacks.

       “Not so with Jacob. He works in the smoke of the city to be sure, but he lives in
       the suburbs and has his own garden. His children are healthier; they go to
       better schools. On Sunday he packs up a picnic lunch and bundles the family
       into the car and has a glorious day in the woods or at the beach…

       “And all this is made possible by a dollar’s worth of gasoline!”

       The Business Nobody Knows

When big league companies such as Sears & Roebuck or Hallmark Cards sponsors television
programs (an idea created by Barton), they are revealing themselves to be caring. “Brought to
you by Hallmark” lets you know Hallmark is human – while also planting its name in your

Bruce Barton began a book in 1928 designed to reveal business as a major force for positive
change. Many people fear or flee business because they think it’s corrupt. Sometimes
business is corrupt. But Barton saw business shaping society and helping it grow. Barton’s
book was going to “reveal the business nobody knows.” (Probably due to the Great
Depression of 1929, Barton shelved the project.)

In 1957 Barton offered to help Du Pont. He said he would create new advertising that
“…would dramatize the company’s research, its dependence on and interrelation with
smaller businesses, its success in managing to get along all these years without any strikes,
the home life of its employees, and the tremendous contribution to the comfort and health
of the American people as a result of what has gone on in the laboratories.”

       In short, Barton wanted to “reveal the Du Pont nobody knows.”

       Teach Them Why

       Revealing your business means educating people about what you do.

Most businesses tell a partial story. They run a series of short ads because they believe no
one will read any single long ad. But as the great copywriter Claude Hopkins declared in his
famous 1923 book, Scientific Advertising: “People are not apt to read successive
advertisements on any single line. No more than you read a news item twice,
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or a story – So present to the reader, when once you get him, every important claim you
In 1952 Barton advised the NY Stock Exchange to “…find some way to translate their story
into terms of human life and the reader’s self-interest.” He also suggested that the
Exchange reveal their business by pointing out they have 600 firms and 1,300 members in73
cities; and that they are a money-saving institution.

What Barton was encouraging his clients to do was tell their whole story. He knew people
would be understanding if you explained your business. Reveal the business nobody knows
by telling people what you are all about. You still have to be brief, and simple, and
interesting, of course. But if you tell your story, you will win more loyal customers than if
you don’t.

       Look at it this way:

       If I tell you I charge $200 an hour for my services, you might wince.

But I explain that I require that fee because of my education, experience, and expenses; and
because of the personalized rare service I deliver, and because of how much money I can help
make for you, then you would feel better about my fee.

Why? Since you now have a reason why I charge what I do, you are more likely to accept
the fee.

People are logical and emotional. You have to provide both to capture their loyalty.

       The YOU Nobody Knows

       Your business does more than provide a service.

Once you reveal the business nobody knows – to yourself and to your clients – you discover
how business transforms life itself.

       Another Barton example (from 1925):

       “The General Electric Company and the Western Electric Company find the
       people in darkness and leave them in light; the American Radiator finds them
       cold and leaves them warm; International Harvester find them bending over their
       sickles the way their grandfathers did and leaves them riding triumphantly over
       their fields…”

       And here’s Barton describing how the automobile made us lords over the earth:
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“The automobile companies find a man shackled to his front porch and with no
horizon beyond his own door yard and they broaden his horizon and make him in
travel the equal of a King.”

“I have been out of a job three times in my life. Each time I made a survey of
my surroundings and discovered that there was work to be done, though not the
same kind of work I had been doing.”

                                                                  - Bruce Barton, 1941
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“Bruce Barton:… Here is a man who knew Lincoln, who shook his hand, and
heard his voice, and watched him laugh at one of his own funny stories. Did you
feel, as you talked to him, ‘I am in the presence of a personality so extraordinary
that it will fascinate men for centuries…?’

“Russell Conwell: Not at all. He seemed a very simple man, I might almost say
ordinary, throwing his long leg over the arm of his chair and using such commonplace,
homey language…So it was hard to be awed in the presence of Lincoln; he seemed so
approachable, so human and simple…”

- Conversation between Bruce Barton (age 34) and Russell Conwell (age 78), author of
“Acres Of Diamonds,” 1921
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                                          SECRET #2:

                    USE A GOD TO LEAD THEM

       “In each generation are a few men who catch a vision so big and
       steadfast that in the pursuit of it they lose all thought of their own
       interest or advantage…”

       Riding To Her Death

       “Tonight will make history. This will be the turning point in the campaign. The
       General must be expertly stage managed and when he speaks, it must be with the
       understanding and the mercy and the faith of God.”

1952. Bruce Barton was secretly guiding Dwight David Eisenhower into power. Barton was
using the same strategy he used for Calvin Coolidge and later for Herbert Hoover: Barton
was creating “a god to lead them.”

The son of a famous minister, Barton was always drawing inspiration from religion. It’s no
accident that his most famous book was about Christ (and his second most famous book was
about the Bible.)

Barton used emotionally packed archetypes in his ads. One of his most famous ads, done
quickly and almost by accident, included a sketch of Marie Antoinette “…riding to her death.”

By drawing a connection to a significantly respected and emotionally charged
mother-father-child figure from history, Barton was able to touch the deepest emotions of
people. (And that ad pulled eight times better than all previous ads for the same subject: Dr.
Eliot’s “Five Foot Shelf” of Harvard Classics.)
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“So write a book on how to have conversations with people. Or write a book on how to talk
in any situation. Or write a book on how to make people relax and open up under any
circumstances. People don’t know what you know, Doug!”

Then this wonderful man started to tell me some stories about people he had seen over the

“One woman was a sex therapist who wanted to know if she could say anything on the air,”
Doug recalled. “Just as we went live she asked, ‘Is it okay to say !@X%$!!?’ My face
turned beet red!”

I laughed and said, “Doug, those are the stories people would love to read about. You could
use them to illustrate your points.”

       Doug Johnson’s eyes lit up.

He heard me. HE was a famous talk show host, a celebrity in Texas, yet it had never
occurred to him that he knew anything!

       His expertise was a secret he kept from himself.

       How To Create A Miracle

When Ron McCann’s book was off the press and he and I were sitting in his office, resting
after the long effort to create it, I said, “Ron, do you realize we’ve created a miracle?”

       He didn’t know what I meant.

“This book is going to go out into the world and be read by people you don’t know, and touch
people you’ll never meet, and start conversations that you’ll never hear,” I explained. “Our
book is like another life form. It will move and change lives all by itself. People will talk
about it, and talk about you, and you may never know it. That’s a miracle.”

Bruce Barton wrote several books (all but one now out of print). They established him as an
authority. At one point the offices of BBDO in New York were packed with people wanting
the legendary Bruce Barton to do their ads.
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Why? Because Barton was seen as a type of god. And everyone wanted a part of him. He
was seen as success. And everyone wanted to see if some would rub off on them.

It’s clear to me that BBDO became a famous advertising agency largely due to the fame of
Bruce Barton himself. Frank Rowsome, Jr., in his delightful book, They Laughed When I Sat
Down, said Barton was BBDO’s “resident deity.”

Barton was a best selling author, a community leader, a philanthropist, a politician, a respected
authority in business. He was, in effect, a type of “god” people wanted to follow.

       And Barton still lives – within the miracles of his books.

       Back in 1920 Bruce Barton wrote this thought-provoking line:

“If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world, it will come through the
expression of your own personality – that single spark of divinity that sets you off and
makes you different from every other living creature.”

       How can you establish yourself as a type of god?

       Post & Crocker & Earhart
       Three more quick examples for you to think about:

While working on the American Tobacco Company account, Barton suggested getting Emily
Post (a clear goddess) to do an advertisement on the etiquette of smoking (“Don’t smoke in
elevators. Don’t light a cigarette until after the salad.”)

This may come as a surprise to you, but “Betty Crocker” is a fictional character. Barton
co-created her in order to lead customers to buying General Mills’ products. Clearly Betty
Crocker is a god well loved by the masses.                                              -

Finally, the American Tobacco Company got Amelia Earhart to promote Lucky Strike
cigarettes in 1928 (even though Earhart did not smoke). While this example violates another
Barton secret (sincerity), you can easily see that leaders are often perceived as
“gods/goddesses” to the masses.

“Every man in a big position knows in his own heart that forces entirely outside himself
have played a large part in his making.”
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 “Many of us are afraid this expenditure of compassion will drain away
our energy, deplete us for our own tasks. But the dynamics of
compassion defy the ordinary laws of energy. We discover that, like
Antaeus in the ancient myth, our strength is doubled by compassionate
contact with the blessed earth of humanity…

 “Compassion belongs to the other great band of noble virtues –
tolerance, sympathy, understanding – all marching under the banner of

                                                            -Bruce Barton, 1942
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                                            SECRET #3:

                               SPEAK IN PARABLES
“Money has a perverse habit of evading those who chase it too hard, and
of snuggling up to folks who are partially unmindful to it.”
                                                                                     -Bruce Barton, 1928

        Snap, Crackle, Pop

Bruce Barton was one of the few men in history able to write ads, essays, articles, and
full-length books – all with equal impact.

Part of his secret was due to his ability to write simple, snappy copy that was also rich in depth
and meaning. He did this by creating stories that reached the common worker as well as the
intellectuals. It’s also a technique that Barton’s two models, Jesus Christ and Abraham
Lincoln, used to create unforgettable and highly persuasive “ads.”

        “(Jesus) told His listeners stories,” Barton wrote in a private memo in 1951. “The
        story, ‘A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among
        thieves.’ Every one of his listeners knew some man who had fallen among thieves
        on that dangerous Jerusalem turnpike. They listened to the story and
        remembered it. If He had said, ‘I want to talk to you about why you should be a
        good neighbor,’ nobody would have listened.”

        Hypnotic Stories

Stories move people. As author Jean Houston once told me, “We are storied people. We
group the experiences of our lives into stories. We gossip in story format. We don’t see life
as a river, we see it as a story with a definite beginning, middle and end. Stories make life
easier to understand.

Practitioners of NLP (neural-linguistic programming) have discovered stories are a powerful
way to persuade people. Milton Erickson, the legendary hypnotist, was
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known for his therapeutic stories. Stories are a way for a message to be delivered indirectly.

 With a story your sales message “seeps in” under the reader’s awareness. If you tell
someone to do something in a direct, forceful manner, they’ll probably resist. But if you give
the same order as a suggestion within the frame of story, they’ll probably do exactly what you

 Let me explain:

       How to Sell Bad Products

John Caples was a brilliant copywriter who worked with Bruce Barton. Maxwell Sackheim
was another famous copywriter who probably knew Barton. Both of these legends had
experiences that illustrate the power of “story selling.”

Both of these advertising giants were assigned the task of writing ad copy for books that were
actually bad. How do you sell a product that isn’t any good? How would you do it?

Both Caples and Sackheim, working independently of each other, wrote letters that are still
talked about today – decades after they were written. Their letters were so mesmerizing that
they STILL cause those bad books to sell.

       How did they do it?

They wrote their ads as stories. They talked about how they were changed by reading the
book they wanted to sell. Without going into any ethical questions here, pause and consider
how powerful their stories must have been.

If I told you, “These shoes will make your feet feel better” you’d shrug your shoulders and
move on.

But if I told you a story about how my feet once ached so bad I cried in bed at night, and how
I one day discovered a pair of magic shoes that made my feet feel like they were on air pads,
you’d perk up and listen.

       Why? Because I told you a story.
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        Story Selling

A parable is a story. Barton wrote stories laced with subtle meaning. Caples and Sackheim
wrote stories that made their sales letters irresistible. Every great speaker (and Barton was an
electrifying speaker) knows a good story can deliver their point better than anything else

        What are the success stories in your business?

Who bought your product or service and was transformed? Who have you worked for and
made a difference? Those are your parables, the stories that sell people on what you offer.

When I was selling a software product, a customer called and said, “Joe, I was skeptical when
I saw your letter about the program. But I took a chance. Boy was I surprised! I turned on
my computer, the program began to talk to me, and when I was all done I had written a letter
that brought me over one thousand dollars! I have the check in my hands right now.”

That’s a persuasive story. It’s a story that also sells other people on buying the program.

When I tell people that I write books, they nod politely while thinking of what they need at the
store. But when I tell a story about helping a young speaker create a book and now the
speaker is traveling world-wide and getting rich, people listen.

        He Died a Millionaire

When I was working up an ad to sell this book, I decided to use a “story selling” technique.

I could have written some clever ad that said this book would make you rich - and famous -
and help you make money while you sleep.

        I could have done that. But I didn’t.

I decided to tell you a story… about a man who was once so famous his name was a
household word… about a man who wrote a best selling book that inspired a nation to deliver
service… about a man who helped create one of the largest advertising firms in the
world…about a man who ate with Presidents and Kings and served in Congress… about a
man who lost a wife, a daughter, a son… and died an unknown millionaire in 1967.
       In short, I decided to sell you with the power of a story.

And since you are now reading this book, apparently the story selling approach worked.
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       A Barton Story Sells Me

One of Bruce Barton’s books was the 1926 volume What Can A Man Believe? In it Barton
tells a story that sold me on an idea – nearly seventy years after Barton told the story!

“Some years ago a crumpled and dejected citizen came to my office,” Barton begins. The
man was a sales manager with a reputation for writing sales letters. But suddenly this man
was out of work and depressed. Even suicidal. Barton led the man to a window.

“Look out there at those buildings,” Barton said. “All filled with offices. Business
offices. Offices of people who have goods to sell and most of whom don’t know how to
sell them.”

       Then Barton challenged the man (another Barton tactic).

“You say you can write sales letters. This is your great chance to prove it. Write those
people a letter that will sell them the idea that they need you to help them sell their

The man accepted the challenge. Six months later his earnings were more than $25,000 a
year – circa 1923!

That’s a powerful story. When I read it, something awakened in me. I realized I could do
what Barton advised that man to do. Somehow Barton’s message – and his challenge –
reached across seven decades and out of the pages of an old book to touch me today.

And months later, when a young copywriter came to me complaining that he couldn’t get
work, I led him to an open window, pointed at all the buildings outside, and told him the story
I just told you.

 It’s the power of a parable. And it works.

 A Miracle Letter

 This Barton strategy helped me create one of the most celebrated letters of my career.

 In 1991 I met a man who deeply influenced my life. Jonathan Jacobs is a Houston therapist
with a spiritual philosophy I respect. After only two sessions with him
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I sat down and wrote a sales letter for him. It’s on the next page. Note how this letter is
sincere (another Barton Secret) and how it tells a compelling story:
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Dear Friend,

 Jonathan Jacobs has blown my head off twice now. He’s a Zen Master,
Psychic Bear and Psychological Samurai – all wrapped into a wonderfully
warm and gentle fellow. Sound too hard to believe? Then get a load
of this:
 I’ve hung out with gurus, done more workshops than I care to remember,
read books, written books, walked on hot coals, asked “Who Am I?” for
hours on end, listened to tapes, led meditation groups, encounter
groups, self-help groups, and more. I’ve been “on the path” for over
ten years now. But nothing – NOTHING! – has had the sweeping and
dramatic effect on my life as my sessions with Jonathan.

 My first experience with Jonathan’s “BodyMemory” work was
electrifying.     Under this man’s wise guidance I relived past
experiences and healed old hurts. Some of those “old hurts” were buried
and damn uncomfortable to recall. But I let them come and I let them
go. And somehow, by letting them go, there was a ripple effect that
changed everything in my life.
 Within a few days my prosperity increased. Did I say increased? My
income actually and unexpectedly DOUBLED. Though it happened like
magic, I credit Jonathan’s help in changing limiting beliefs to expanded
ones for the miracle.
 And speaking of miracles, I also transformed my relationship with my
father. On Jonathan’s table I “breathed through” some old scenarios
with my dad. Off Jonathan’s table I felt better about Pop. I actually
missed him. Though my father is a thousand miles away, an out of state
client of mine suddenly hired me for a consultation – in his state, which
“just happened” to be an hour’s drive from my father’s house. This
client also agreed to drive me to my father’s home so I could drop in
for a surprise visit!

 Jonathan’s work doesn’t make logical sense, however. That’s why the
man consistently blows my mind to smithereens and I end up, after each
session, walking around “with no head.” I’m sure there is a logic to
Jonathan’s work, but it’s based on divine wisdom, not Joe’s wisdom.
Don’t ask me to explain it.
 I encourage you to call Jonathan. Tell him I sent you. Sample his
medicine. And get ready for some amazing and truly wonderful changes.


      Joe Vitale
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 Marshall Field

 During the roaring twenties Baron had numerous famous accounts. One of them was
Marshall Field & Company. Most of the advertising Barton created for this popular store
was based on the parable technique. For example:

       “Once upon a time an obscure actor who was playing in Chicago came to
       Marshall Field & Company to have a pair of shoes repaired – Years later, at the
       height of his fame, he talked to our girls on the tenth floor…”

       Another example:

       “There is a man in this store who clearly remembers selling apparel to Mrs.
       Abraham Lincoln in 1874…”

       Do you feel how those examples begin like stories?

Stores give color and life to your message. They involve people, entertain them, and stick
with them.

       What are your parables?

       Napoleon Inspires Barton

On the last leg of my quest to learn everything I could about Bruce Barton, I flew up to
Madison, Wisconsin, home of over 150 boxes stuffed with letters, articles and manuscripts by
and about Barton.

What I noticed about Barton’s writings was this: Nearly everyone of these 2,000 articles and
essays were in a story format. Open any article, look at the first line, and suddenly you’re
drawn into a story.

Barton knew stories were the best teachers – and sales people. Stories hold attention, enrich
our lives, and – if they’re well done – inspire and motivate us.

In one 1919 article Barton talked about Napoleon. The whole message of the piece was “Feel
confident and go get a job!” But Barton never said that! Instead, he told a story about how
his reading of Napoleon’s life (a favorite Barton hero and pastime) gave him the courage and
confidence to go out and demand a new job.
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Barton absorbed the spirit of the great emperor and then hit the streets in search of work. As
good stories go, this one ended happily. Barton got the job he wanted – within a week.

       And we readers get the message – all from his delightful story.

       “By a change of thought the yeoman of England became the
       unconquerable army of Cromwell. By a change of thought a
       handful of fishermen of Palestine transformed human history.”

                                                                               -Bruce Barton
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“I hope I may never be guilty of writing anything intended to make
poor people contented with their lot.

“I would rather be known as one who sought to inspire his readers
with a divine discontent.

“To make men and women discontented with bad health, and to
show them how, by hard work, they can have better health.

“To make them discontented with their intelligence, and to
stimulate them to continued study.

“To urge them on to better jobs, better homes, more money in the

“But it does not harm, in our striving after these worth-while
things, to pause once in a while and count our blessings.”
                                                          -Bruce Barton, 1920
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                                           SECRET #4

                  UPWARD PATH
       “People are what they are; and when you have made up your mind
       to that you are a long way on the road to serenity.”
                                                                                  -Bruce Barton, 1925

       The Zest Of The Battle

Barton was almost always positive and uplifting in his ads (when he wasn’t, the ads often
failed) and in his books.

       But he knew the value of a challenge.

Barton once suggested that there were two roads in life: one upwards, one stuck in monotony.
Another of his famous ads (which ran over seven years) began,

                                 “A WONDERFUL TWO YEARS’ TRIP

                                               AT FULL PAY –

                        BUT ONLY MEN WITH IMAGINATIN CAN TAKE IT.”

Barton believed the great game of life was to challenge yourself to become the best you could
possibly be, whether in business or at home.

       He wrote, “Whatever obstacles, whatever disappointments may come, are merely
       added chances against him, contributing to the zest of the contest.”

Barton knew people wanted to improve their life, but that people often didn’t act in their own
best interest unless prodded. His nudge was a subtle, psychological one.
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A 1926 ad for washing machines pointed out that without a machine, our spouse was working
for three cents an hour. “Human life is too precious to be sold at a price of three cents an
hour,” said the ad.

It worked. The reasoning appealed to the desire of people to have their hardships and
troubles behind, and begin to move towards an easier, better lifestyle.

       Another ad began,

                            “This   book may not be intended for you –

                                    but thousands found in it what

                                          they were seeking.”

And a proposed Campbell soup and campaign was to begin with the headlines, “Why do you
keep on bending over a hot stove to make your own soup?”

       Barton challenged the reader without insulting him. There is a fine line here.

If I write an ad that says, “You’d be a fool to pass up my services!” you would probably pass
up my services.

But if I write something that begins, “Only the most dedicated achiever will use my services,”
then you’d probably check out what I had to say. The latter tease would challenge you by
subtly asking: “Are you a dedicated achiever?”

       Another Barton ad began,

                              “Men who ‘know it all’ are not invited

                                           to read this page!”

I’d read that page. Wouldn’t you? Why? Because neither of us are “know it alls,” right?

       Again, you’re being challenged.

And let’s not forget the Marines. They’re still looking “for a few good men.” It’s a
challenge that still holds power (and that’s why the Marine still use the ad).
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       Only You Should Read This

A friend recently called. She is opening a new business, an antique store, and wanted to know
how to use this Barton strategy to get people to attend her grand opening.

       “What can I say on my invitation to challenge them to come here?” she asked me.

       We kicked around ideas for a moment. Then I offered:

“How about a headline that says, ‘Are you one of the few people who can appreciate the value
of rare collections?’”

That hit home for her. It clearly challenged people but didn’t insult them. We all want to be
part of an exclusive group. It appeals to the ego. You just have to be careful not to slap
anyone’s face with our challenge.

When Barton was brainstorming ideas for the American Tobacco account, he offered this
subtle challenge for a radio commercial:

“We believe that the people who like the finest things – fine books, fine music, fine food –
are the people who should like fine tobacco. And if you are one of these people, and if
you enjoy this program, and if you have not tried Luckies lately, please buy yourself two
packs and smoke them. Really fine tobacco does make a difference in the taste.”

And in 1953 Barton advised Schaefer beer to involve its audience. Instead of yelling the
company’s name, Barton suggested Schaefer become more exciting by tying the beer to
popular events, such as a baseball game. Barton offered these radio ads:

“What are the chances that Joe Black will pitch a no-run game this afternoon?” and
“Come over and see whether you think Jackie Robinson is playing third base as well as
he played second.”

       Do you see how those teasers challenged listeners?

       How can you challenge (but not insult) your potential clients and customers?

“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from
little things…I am tempted to think… there are no little things.”

                                                                                       -Bruce Barton
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“Be genuine…Do not venture into the sunlight unless you are willing first
to put your house in order. Emerson said, ‘What you are thunders so
loud I can’t hear what you say.’ No dyspeptic can write convincingly of
the joys of mincemeat. No woman-hater can write convincingly of

“Unless you have a real respect for people, a real affection for people, a
real belief that you are equipped to serve them, and that by your growth
and prosperity they will likewise grow and prosper, unless you have this
deep down conviction, gentlemen, do not attempt advertising. For
somehow it will return to plague you.”
                                                                -Bruce Barton, 1925
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                                          SECRET #5:

                     THE ONE ELEMENT MISSING

“I believe the public has a sixth sense of detecting insincerity, and we run
a tremendous risk if we try to make other people believe in something we
don’t believe in. Somehow our sin will find us out.”
                                                                                  -Bruce Barton, 1925

       Do You Support It?

Barton’s writings had an element lacking in most of the other ads of the 1920’s – 1940’s:

Barton’s ads came across with a human, inspiring and friendly feel that people trusted. The
secret was in Barton’s own belief in what he was selling. If he did not support a product or
service, he would not write about it. But when he did support it, his honesty came through.

This is an important point with me. Too many people in advertising believe you don’t have to
care about your product to sell it. They cite stories about John Caples and Maxwell Sackheim
writing powerful letters for books they either hadn’t read or considered pretty bad.

       I disagree.

Who knows how powerful a letter Caples and Sackheim could have written had they sincerely
loved (or even read) the books they were writing about? It’s been my experience that when I
support a cause, I can write about it much more powerfully and persuasively. If I don’t
support it, it shows. Customers aren’t stupid.

Besides that, why would you want to sell a product you didn’t use or support yourself?
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       The Acknowledged Master

The late John Caples was a master at writing ads. All of his books are classics (and well
worth reading). Who did Caples think was better than himself? Bruce Barton!

Caples said, “Barton had the three things every writer has to have:         (1) Sincerity, (2)
Sincerity, (3) Sincerity.”

Now the odd thing is that disciples of Caples don’t agree sincerity is necessary. This attitude
reeks of peddlers selling magic elixirs. Without sincerity, you’re lying to your customers.
It’s wrong.

One famous copywriter read an early version of this book and said he didn’t think sincerity
was important, either. He said, “A professional writer should be like a hired assassin. No
emotions. Take the product and sell it.”

I nearly choked to think this leading authority felt this way about the advertising profession.
His attitude reflects what I don’t like in business: insincere people out for the buck.

In a sense, however, this copywriter is right. You should be skilled enough to sell anyone a
product or service with the power of your words.

But again my point is this: Why would you want to sell a product or service you didn’t
sincerely endorse?

       True Service or Greed?

Helen Woodward was a cynical but observant business woman. She was clearly ahead of her

Back in 1926 she wrote in Through Many Windows, her autobiography, “In the old days, no
one ever wrapped money-making eagerness in sweet words like service. Business men were
frankly after money. They are still after money, but they know now that it is good policy to
deliver something good to keep the customer. So they make better goods at better prices –
because they have to. And they call that service.

Recently a new client came to me. She wanted to write a book on service. When I asked
why, she said she had heard it was “in.” She had little experience in delivering service and
wasn’t sure what service really meant, but she was convinced that writing a book on the
subject would advance her career. But not far. And not for long.
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Without sincerity, you’re selling air. Sooner or later someone (a Helen Woodward of our
generation) will blow the whistle on you. You’ll be exposed as a fraud. You’ll lose

What Woodward saw in her generation was a bunch of businessmen who had heard that
service would help them. They weren’t sincerely interested in delivering service. They were
sincerely interested in making money. (There’s nothing wrong with making money; but it
should come as a result of your service.)

Roy Durstine (the D in BBDO), in his 1921 book Making Advertisements And Making Them
Pay, wrote, “Without sincerity an advertisement is no more contagious than a sprained ankle.”

And Robert Bender, in his 1949 senior thesis biography of Barton, wrote, “Contrary to the
general belief about advertising men, Barton did regard sincerity and truth as the first essential
of successful advertising.”

        Honesty Sells

Barton was sincere. Even Julian Lewis Watkins, while selecting several Barton ads for his
book The 100 Greatest Advertisements, said Bruce Barton’s ads were notable for their

Though Barton often had trouble balancing his work life with his spirituality (hence his two
most famous books trying to balance the two), he was earnest. And his honesty showed. It
is this characteristic that attracted many people (including me) to his works.

Many studies have shown that the number one element lacking that keeps people from buying
anything is trust. Other advertisers, to trust you now, have burned them too often before.

You know this is a fact. When you read an ad, you always wonder, “Is this true? Are the
claims valid?” This is another reason why people read news stories 5 to 9 times more than
they read ads. They simply don’t trust advertising!

Do you believe in what you are doing or selling? If you don’t, you better get into something
where your heart and soul can live happily. After all, YOU are the best sales person for your
business! If you aren’t convinced, how are you going to excite anyone else?

       you believe in of 18 business books, says in copy The Copywriter’s Handbo
 “WhenBob Bly, authoryour product, it’s easy to writehis that is sincere, informative, ok,
and helpful. And when you are sincere, it comes across to the reader and they believe what
you’ve written.”

Jay Abraham, a marketing genius who charges over $3,000 an hour for his services,
said: “You have to believe in your product. A product has to have a value in your
heart and mind before you can passionately translate your enthusiasm to somebody

Bruce Barton’s genuine feelings for the items or causes he represented helped him
create marketing campaigns that broke all earlier records. For example:

*Barton wrote a charity solicitation letter in 1925 that brought in an overwhelming (and
previously unheard of) return of well over 100%! His heartfelt letter for Berea College,
sent to only 24 people, pulled in over $30,000 in contributions.

*Barton wrote a series of fund raising letters for Deerfield Academy that were so
moving they were collected and sold as examples of sincere writing.

*Barton and Alex Osborn organized the United War Workers Campaign of 1918.
Their goal was $175 million. Though the campaign went into effect after the war
(World War I) ended, the sincerity of the program managed to raise over $204,000,000 – the
largest amount ever collected in a freewill offering in the history of the world!

        You Can Fool Them Once (Maybe)

You can’t use these secrets to manipulate people into buying from you. This principle of
sincerity means people will buy – or not – depending on how sincere you come across.

Clyde Befell, in his 1940 book How To Write Advertising That Sells, wrote, “The best way to
be sincere is – to be sincere. An attempt to write sincerity into your copy without honestly
wanting to be sincere won’t work.”

When I wrote a sales letter to sell “Thought line,” an artificial intelligence software program, I
was totally in support it of. And my letter showed it. I got an incredible response – over 5%
- in a recession. (The average sales letter gets zero to 0.02% response.)

But when I wrote a letter on another service, one, which I had reservations about, my lack of
support as seen by all. It was “between the lines” but still obvious.

        That letter was a dud.

You can only sell what you sincerely believe in. You may be able to fool people once, but
you’ll lose a repeat customer. Since most of your business will come from your
satisfied customers (who keep coming back for more), you can’t afford to be insincere or

Bruce David, author of Mercenary Marketing, says if you don’t offer a product or service of
true value, you won’t stay in business. David openly admits, “(Advertising) may persuade
people to try your products or services (as it should) once; but if you don’t offer value and
quality, you won’t convert these people into repeat customers.”

       They Told Him No

Final thought on this subject: When Bruce Barton wrote his most famous book, The Man
Nobody Knows, he had no evidence that the book would ever sell.

His friends tried to stop him. They said he wasn’t an expert. They said there were already
far too many books on the subject. They said it would ruin his reputation.

Barton wrote the book because of his sincere desire to share his thoughts. Robert Bedner
said, “There is no doubt that the book was written out of sincere conviction.”

The result was a 1925 (and 1926) best seller that is still in print today – over sixty-five years
after it was written.

       The magic of sincerity.

       Do you support what you sell or do?

       “The advertisements which persuade people to act are written by
       men who have an abiding respect for the intelligence of their
       readers, and a deep sincerity regarding the merits of the goods they
       have to sell.”
                                                                                           -Bruce Barton
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Here is Bruce Barton’s famous 1925 solicitation letter for Berea College. He sent it to 24
people. The result was a 100% return of about $30,000. It’s considered one of the most
effective letters ever written. See if you can detect how Barton used every one of the
strategies in this book when he composed this incredible letter.

Dear Mr. Blank,

 For the past three or four years things have been going pretty well at our house. We
pay our bills, afford such luxuries as having the children’s tonsils out, and still have
something in the bank at the end of the year. So far as business is concerned, therefore,
I have felt fairly well content.
 But there is another side to a man, which every now and then gets restless. It says:
“What good are you anyway? What influences have you set up, aside from your
business, that would go on working if you were to shuffle off tomorrow?”
 Of course, we chip in to the Church and the Salvation Army, and dribble out a little
money right along in response to all sorts of appeals. But there isn’t much satisfaction
in it. For one thing, it’s too diffused and, for another, I’m never very sure in my own
mind that the thing I’m giving to is worth a hurrah and I don’t have time to find out.

 A couple of years ago I said: “I’d like to discover the one place in the United States
where a dollar does more net good than anywhere else.” It was a rather thrilling idea,
and I went at it in the same spirit in which our advertising agency conducts a market
investigation for a manufacturer. Without bothering you with a long story, I believe I
have found the place.
 This letter is being mailed to 23 men besides yourself, twenty-five of us altogether. I
honestly believe that it offers an opportunity to get a maximum amount of satisfaction
for a minimum sum.
 Let me give you the background.
 Among the first comers to this country were some pure blooded English folks who
settled in Virginia but, being more hardy and venturesome than the average, pushed on
west and settled in the mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolina.
They were stalwart lads and lassies. They fought the first battle against the British and
shed the first blood. In the Revolution they won the battle of King’s Mountain. Later,
under Andy Jackson, they fought and won the only land victory that we managed to pull
off in the War of 1812. Although they lived in southern states they refused to secede in
1860. They broke off from Virginia and formed the state of West Virginia; they kept
Kentucky in the Union; and they sent a million men into the northern armies. It is not
too much to say that they were the deciding factor in winning the struggle to keep these
United States united.
 They have had a rotten deal from Fate. There are no roads into the mountains, no
trains, no ways of making money. So our prosperity has circled all
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around them and left them pretty much untouched. They are great folks. The girls
are as good looking as any in the world. Take one of them out of her two-roomed log
cabin home, give her a stylish dress and a permanent wave, and she’d be a hit on Fifth
Avenue. Take one of the boys, who maybe never saw a railroad train until he was 21:
give him a few years of education and he goes back into the mountains as a teacher or
doctor or lawyer or carpenter, and changes the life of a town or county.
 This gives you an idea of the raw material. Clean, sound timber – no knots, no
wormholes; a great contrast to the imported stuff with which our social settlements have
to work in New York and other cities.
 Now, away back in the Civil War days, a little college was started in the Kentucky
mountains. It started with faith, hope, and sacrifice, and those three virtues are the only
endowment it has ever had. Yet today it has accumulated, by little gifts picked up by
passing the hat, a plant that takes care of 3000 students a year. It’s the most wonderful
manufacturing proposition you ever heard of. They raise their own food, can it in their
own cannery; milk their own cows; make brooms and weave rugs that are sold all over
the country; do their own carpentry, painting, printing, horseshoeing, and everything,
teaching every boy and girl a trade while he and she is studying. And so efficiently is the
job done that –
 *a room rents for 60 cents a week (including heat and light)
       *meals are 11 cents apiece (yet all the students gain weight on the faire; every
       student gets a quart of milk a day)
       *the whole cost to a boy or girl for a year’s study – room, board, books, etc., - is
       $146. More than half of this the student earns by work; many students earn all.

One boy walked in a hundred miles, leading a cow. He stabled the cow in the village,
milked her night and morning, peddled the milk, and put himself through college. He is
now a major in the United States Army. His brother, who owned half of the cow, is a
missionary in Africa. Seventy-five percent of the graduates go back to the mountains,
and their touch is on the mountain counties of five states; better homes, better food,
better child health, better churches, better schools; no more feuds; lower death rates.

Now we come to the hook. It costs this college, which is named Berea, $100 a year per
student to carry on. She could, of course, turn away 1500 students each year and break
even on the other 1500. Or she could charge $100 tuition. But then she would be just
one more college for the well-to-do. Either plan would be a moral crime. The boys and
girls in those one-room and two-room cabins deserve a chance. They are of the same
stuff as Lincoln and Daniel Boone and Henry Clay; they are the very best raw material
that can be found in the United States.
I have agreed to take ten boys and pay the deficit on their education each year, $1,000. I
have agreed to do this if I can get twenty-four other men who will each take ten. The
president, Dr. William J. Hutchins (Yale 1892), who ought to be giving every minute of
his time to running the college, is out passing the hat and riding the rails from town to
town. He can manage to get $50,000 or $70,000 a year. I want to lift part of his load by
turning in $25,000.
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This is my proposition to you. Let me pick out ten boys, who are a sure blooded
Americans as your own sons, and just as deserving of a chance. Let me send you their
names and tell you in confidence, for we don’t want to hurt their pride, where they come
from and what they hope to do with their lives. Let me report to you on their progress
three times a year. You write me, using the enclosed envelope, that, if and when I get
my other twenty-three men, you will send President Hutchins your check for $1,000. If
you will do this I’ll promise you the best time you have ever bought for a thousand
Most of the activities to which we give in our lives stop when we stop. But our families
go on; and young life goes on and matures and gives birth to other lives. For a thousand
dollars a year you can put ten boys or girls back into the mountains who will be a
leavening influence in ten towns or counties, and their children will bear the imprint of
your influence. Honestly, can you think of any other investment that would keep your
life working in the world so long a time after you are gone?
This is a long letter, and I could be writing a piece for the magazines and collecting for it
in the time it has taken me to turn it out. So, remember that this is different from any
other appeal that ever came to you. Most appeals are made by people who profit from a
favorable response, but this appeal is hurting me a lot more than it can possibly hurt
        What will you have, ten boys or ten girls?

            Cordially yours,

             Bruce Barton

       “Faith in business, faith in the country, faith in one’s self, faith in
       other people – this is the power that moves the world. And why is
       it unreasonable to believe that this power, which is so much
       stronger than any other, is merely a fragment of the Great Power
       which operates the universe.”

                                                      -Bruce Barton, What Can A Man Believe?, 1927
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“… I do believe that the one great thing we have got to find a way to do is
to make it possible, in our industrial life, for the man who stands at the
bench somehow to feel in what he does the same sort of satisfaction and
pride which now animates and thrills the man who sits at a desk, and to
make the man who stands up to his waist in a ditch, or who swings the ax
beside a tree, feel that somehow there is that in the thing he does that
reaches down and takes hold on things eternal, and that every swing of
the pick and every stroke of the ax is not merely so much servitude, but
that, in so far as that is done in a spirit of real pride and satisfaction and
service, he makes himself co-worker of Almighty God in the great task of
feeding and clothing and housing the world.”
                                                                  -Bruce Barton, 1921 speech
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“There is a wise old saying to this effect: ‘A great deal of good can be
done in the world, if one is not too careful who gets the credit.’

“If your object in life is to get credit, you’ll probably get it, if you work
hard enough.

“But don’t be too much surprised and disappointed when some chap who
just went ahead and did the thing, without thinking of the credit, winds
up with more medals on his chest than you, with all your striving, have
collected on yours.”

                                                    -Bruce Barton, It’s A Good Old World, 1920
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                                           SECRET #6:

                                    GIVE YOURSELF

       “If a man practices doing things for other people until it becomes
       so much a habit that he is unconscious of it, all the good forces of
       the universe line up behind him and whatever he undertakes to

                                                                               -Bruce Barton, 1927

       Money Is A By-Product

       Bruce Barton was a great philanthropist.

He denoted time, energy, and money to a wide variety of causes. Some of his best writings
were fund raising letters for colleges and organizations he sincerely believed in.

He also believed in giving something of value away in ads. Most ads contained coupons for a
free book. Whatever the item, something has to be given away to start the process of
receiving. Giving something away gives credibility. But this strategy also makes the
potential customer feel obligated to give something back.

When Barton died in 1967, his estate was worth 2.8 million dollars. But Barton did not
spend his life in the pursuit of money. He was quoted as saying that he did what he loved,
and the money was a by-product of good work.

       That right there may be the greatest secret to prosperity.
Barton wrote, “Get money – but stop once in a while to figure what it is costing you to get
it. No man gets it without giving something in return. The wise man gives his labor
and ability. The fool gives his life.”


Barton, a non-Jew, also supported a 1938 organization called “Selah” which was designed to
establish a Jewish state in Lower California. Though the Mexican government killed that
idea, Barton’s support of this organization, and man other ones, showed he believed in the
power of giving.

A happy by-product of this giving was the fact that it led to business offers, more publicity,
national media exposure, and helped him move into politics.

Again, Barton didn’t give in order to get. His giving of time, energy and money was sincere.
But that very giving led to a lot of getting.

       Women & Revolution

       Barton supported women’s rights long before it was fashionable to do so.

In a 1927 article for Success magazine Barton wrote, “(Men) have an annoying old idea that
strikes me as revolting enough to make any normal woman want to commit murder –
i.e., the idea that woman is merely the bearer of children, the leader of the home, the
dear sweet good little thing, and after you’ve said that, that’s that!

“Women have a very definite place in the world – the outside world that man has so
carefully reserved for himself. I see this great wide sweep of Revolution as the most
refreshing thing in the century.”

       Barton’s feelings were sincere – even when his feelings were revolutionary.

He wasn’t afraid to give his thoughts away in support of something he believed in.

       “No Credit Please”

Barton also wasn’t afraid to not take credit for work. It was more important to have the work
done, than to see that he get the glory for doing it. For example:

Barton was a ghost writer for leading businessmen (he wrote at least one speech for President
Eisenhower); he wrote many pieces under assumed names (Michael Randall, David Todd,
Thomas Ryan, Etc.); he let a friend write a play based on an original idea and then shared the
authorship; he allowed his loyal secretary (of forty
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years) to edit and rewrite his work; he let his father (a minister) help him think through his
religious books; and he let his wife do his shopping (except for books, which he chose

 Barton was willing to give away his control. He was willing to delegate. As he once
explained in an article, “You can get a lot done if you’re not concerned about who gets the
credit for it.”

Another Level of Giving

 “Giving Yourself Away” also means to be vulnerable and honest. Show who you really are
– at least reveal enough of your humanness to gain credibility.

 Too many business people bark about how wonderful they are. Too many advertisers claim
their “amazing” product or service is THE BEST. Their theory is that you have to sell people,
and blowing you own horn is the trick.

 Barton knew you could gain the public’s trust by letting them know you were human – which
means you may not be the best, the brightest, or the most amazing.

 When I wrote the sales letter to offer this book to my clients and customers, I of course talked
about Barton, his ideas, and how the secrets have helped legends of history. But I also
included a line that said this book isn’t a “get-rich overnight” book. That one statement made
everything else in my letter believable.

 When I wrote a sales letter for a software company in California, I told all about the wonders
of the program. But I was certain to include a line that gave away my honesty.

 I said, “The program doesn’t do your thinking for you, but it does help you think better by
joining forces with your own mind.”

 That one apparently “weak point” made every other point in my letter believable.

The Front Porch

 Bruce Barton used this secret (and two others) when he wrote a “front porch” interview with
Calvin Coolidge, President of the U.S. in the roaring 20’s.

 The common belief at the time was that people were interested in the politics of politicians.
Sounds logical, right? But Barton had a hunch that people were more interested in people; the
human qualities of politicians, and especially of the President.
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 Barton interviewed Coolidge. They spoke of personal interests, family, and other
non-political subjects. Barton “revealed the President nobody knows,” showed Coolidge’s
sincerity, and “gave something away” – he gave away the President’s mask of power.

 The newspaper reports of the day were jealous and angry. But the public – the voters –
loved it.

 Earnest Elmo Calkins, another pioneer in advertising, wrote: “The public was more deeply
moved to learn how the President did his shopping, or that when he was up home in the
country he liked to putter around and fix the lock on the woodshed door, exactly as you or I,
than to learn his views on Farm Relief or the World Court. In short, they were more
interested in the President as a human being than as a politician or a statesman.”

Bruce Barton’s historic interview simply “gave something away” to the people: humanness.

How Giving Led To Greatness

 BBDO – Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborn – one of the largest ad agencies in the world
(ranked sixth in 1991) began as a result of this very secret.

 In 1918, after the first U.S. World War, Bruce Barton donated his talents to the United War
Workers Campaign. He helped promote various charities, including the Salvation Army.
(Barton coined their famous slogan, “A man may be done but he’s never out.”

 It was during this work that Barton met Alex Osborn and Roy Durstine (The O and D in
BBDO). They became friends. Osborn persuaded Barton to form an agency with Durstine.
On January 2, 1919, the agency of Barton and Durstine opened with 14 employees.

 In August of the same year Osborn joined the firm. By 1925 BDO was the fifth largest ad
firm in the country. In 1928 the firm merged with the George Batten Company and became
BBDO – with Bruce Barton as President.

 And this now legendary advertising agency, with offices all over the world and thousands of
employees, began from an act of charity!

 If Bruce Barton had not contributed his time and energy to the War Workers Campaign, if he
had not given himself away for a cause he sincerely believed in, the BBDO agency may never
have been created.
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“Say to yourself: ‘Here I am, a human being just a little different
from any who has ever lived before or will ever live again. I don’t
have 100 percent equipment by any means. There are some
notable lacks in my make-up, and no notable points of strength.
But this is the hand that has been dealt me in the game, and I must
play it. And I shall be judged not by what I accomplish in contrast
with other men, but by what I make of myself in comparison with
what I might have made…”

                              -Bruce Barton, 1921
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“The greatest educational force in modern life is advertising –

“I said to this country doctor, ‘There are five of you doctors in
town; how much do you make?’ He said, ‘Two are starving and
the other three are just barely getting along.’ I said, ‘Is there any
cooperation among you?’

“He said, ‘Not on your life. I hardly dare to take a vacation,
because I am afraid the other doctors will steal my customers.’ I
said, ‘If you would join together, spend a little money every week in
advertising, if you would sell this community on the necessity of
having an annual or semi-annual examination, if you would sell the
community on the importance of having proper dental care in the
schools and having regular health supervision of the children in the
schools, you would all make more money and the community would
be immeasurably in your debt.”

                -Bruce Barton, in Masters Of Advertising Copy, 1925
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                                         SECRET #7:

                            SHARPEN THE KNIFE

       “When we are through changing – we are through.”

                                                                                      -Bruce Barton

       Spit Polished

Everything Barton wrote was polished to perfection. He knew you had to “sharpen the knife”
of persuasion by rewriting, testing, getting feedback, and being flexible.

During the 1930’s, when Barton’s name was a household word and businessmen were lining
up at the doors of BBDO to have the famous writer “do their ads,” Barton was wise enough to
get help. He wrote many ads himself. Many others were done by the other “Bruce Bartons”
hired to do the work. Yet the real Barton always supervised and revised every word until the
ad was honed to perfection.


Because Barton knew that your best work comes after you’ve revised it. The great literary
stylist E.B. White said there was no great writing; only great re-writing.

Barton once wrote that most writers start writing something before they start SAYING
something. Editing is your opportunity to be sure you’re created an ad that is irresistible.

 In 1920 Barton said Horace Greeley, the legendary newspaper man, “…used to say that the
way to write a good editorial was to write it to the best of your ability, then cut it in two
in the middle and print the last half.”
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Most of the great advertising giants from the roaring twenties and beyond knew it was wiser
to create 25 headlines before settling on one. (Barton actually often created over one hundred
headlines and selected one from the list.)

They often wrote several different ads before deciding which would work best. They all knew
the value of this secret; honing your work until it was perfect.

       Make It Tight

Barton was no exception. It’s said that he was a stickler when it came to writing. He always
wanted the copy tight. A running joke was that when he died his headstone would say, “The
copy should be shorter.”

Simplify and tighten your ads, your talks, your letters, and your meetings, until they squeak
with tense power. Brevity is the key.

“Two men spoke at Gettysburg on the same afternoon during the Civil War,” Barton
wrote in 1920. “One man – the leading orator of his day – made a ‘great’ oration –

“The other speaker read from a slip of paper less than 300 words.              His speech –
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – will live forever.”

       Even Lincoln knew the power of a few well chiseled words.

       Smart Ads

Far too many business people admire “creative ads” rather than asking if the ads pull in
business. Cuteness and cleverness do not usually work.

The 1991 ads for Isuzu automobiles are a perfect example. The ads won awards for their
humor and originality. But did they sell cars? No. Isuzu was often dead last in terms of
car sales.

Your focus should be on ads that work; on ads that get the results you want. That happens
when “sharpen the knife” of persuasion.

People usually ask themselves (unconsciously) three basic questions when they look at your
ads: “Who cares? So what? What’s in it for me?”
When I was working on a title for this book, I thought I’d call it “The Secrets of Bruce
Barton.” But people would say “Who cares?” because they wouldn’t recall Barton.

Then I thought I’d try “The Strategies Of A Forgotten Ad Man.” But people would say
“What’s in it for me?”

I also thought I’d title the book “Bruce Barton: A Biography.” But people would say, “So
what?” since they wouldn’t know who Barton was.

The current title speaks to what people want. By sharpening the knife I was able to come up
with a much stronger title.

Bruce Barton once told this story about sharpening the knife to make an advertisement more

       “The human being from Adam’s day to the present has been interested first of all
       and most of all in himself. My firm once took over the advertising of a life
       insurance company and has handled it now for many years. When we took it
       over every insurance man would tell you that the strongest appeal you could
       make in insurance would be to show the picture of an attractive young widow
       with a couple of pretty children at her knee and the photograph of her deceased
       husband in her hand – with some headline as ‘Wasn’t daddy wonderful to take
       out life insurance to protect us?’

       “We began using that appeal but soon found that there was a much stronger
       appeal. We cut the widow and children out of the illustrations; instead we
       showed a happy-faced man of 65 sitting on a rock, with a brier pipe in his mouth
       and an old felt hat on his head, saying: ‘He doesn’t have to do a lick of work,
       and every month gets the check for $200.’

       “The self-interest appeal (the desire to enjoy life and live longer) out-pulled the
       wife and child appeal by about 10 to 1.”

       Healing Knives

Since the image of a knife may cause you to shudder, let me tell you why I’m using it.

A knife can cut. A knife can kill. But a knife can also heal. Surgeons use knives to help
you live.

“Sharpen the knife” doesn’t mean to get ready to maim your customers. It means get read to
SERVE our customers by sharpening your advertisements and marketing strategies so they do
what you want them to do: bring in new business.
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       Sharpen Your Choices

       This strategy is also a reminder to sharpen our decisions.

I play the harmonica. Though I’m not Charlie Musslewhite or Howard Levy, I’m not bad
either. I play in a band from time to time, and I practice with friends.

       Sounds innocent enough, doesn’t it?

       But I’ve noticed some problems.

Trying to devote my life to being an author and to being a musician is nearly impossible.
Both careers require time. And commitment. And neither allow for “side line” activities. If
I try to do both, I do neither very well.

 On the days I try to write after staying up the night before playing music, I’m a flop. I can’t
get anything done. My head is too fuzzy.

 And on the evenings when I try to blow my harp after writing and seeing clients all day, I’m
too tired to hit a right note.

 Hobbies and relaxing past times are fine. But trying to chase two massive dreams isn’t

 Bruce Barton was the first to help me realize I had to sharpen my decisions. In 1920 he
wrote an essay called “Slide Lines” which ended as follows:

       “J.C. Penney told me the other day about a young man who might have been one
       of his first partners. The young man played the trombone and was compelled to
       leave the store early every night because he made five dollars a week by tooting
       his horn in an orchestra. He is still tending store in the daytime and tooting at
       night. Mr. Penney is the head of more than eight hundred stores.

       “There are men who have made fortunes by running bootblack stands, by buying
       junk from automobile factories, and even by contracting with a city to collect its
       garbage. Almost any business seems to be a good business if a man gives it all
       he’s got.

       “But the side line is the slide line.”
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       Act Before It’s Too Late

       This strategy also refers to your life.

It was the July 1, 1991 death of actor Michael Landon that drove this point home for me. His
sudden passing made me aware that you have to do what you know to do NOW – today –
before it’s too late. Our time here is limited. Landon was one of the most robust people I’ve
ever seen. He was strong and healthy and full of life. But that didn’t make him immune to

Bruce Barton’s life roared during the 1920’s through 1950’s. He was healthy and alive. But
he lost a son, a daughter, a wife. He had a stroke. And by 1967, the year of his death, illness
had wiped out his memory. He died nearly helpless and, except for a few friends and
relatives, almost completely alone.

If Barton had not written the books he did, when he did, our world would have suffered an
incalculable loss. If Michael Landon had not written and starred in the shows he did, our
lives would have a mysterious hold in them.

“Sharpening The Knife” is a strategy that applies to you personally. This book may have
prompted some ideas in you. Are you going to take action? Are you going to do what you
know to do?

If you knew your work would touch people in the same way as the work of Bruce Barton, or
Michael Landon, would you act today?

Bruce Barton wrote, “It’s only when we are stirred by a great demand, an insistent
necessity, that we accomplish the sort of things that make us proud of our humanity.”

That demand has to come from you. YOU have to sharpen the knife of your own being.
Runners call it exceeding “Your Personal Best.” Instead of completing against anyone, you
run to improve yourself, to better your last score.

       Are you “sharpening the knife” that is you?
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“If you are going to do anything you must expect criticism. But
it’s better to be a doer than a critic. The doer moves; the critic
stands still, and is passed by.

“You must believe in something – in yourself, in the country, in
God. You must have courage to back that belief with your money
and your life, and patience to wait for fulfillment.”

                                                          -Bruce Barton, 1932
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                                 ACCESS TO

                    THE 7 LOST SECRETS
The First Secret: Reveal The Business Nobody Knows

 What are you REALLY in the business of delivering? What universal need are you
fulfilling? Look past the obvious.

The Second Secret: Use A God To Lead Them

 Can you establish yourself as an expert in your field? Can you write a book about
your service?

The Third Secret: Speak In Parables

 What are your stories? Who has bought from you and prospered or changed? Learn
to use “story selling” methods.

The Fourth Secret: Dare Them To Travel The Upward Path

How can you challenge your customers without insulting them?          Think of the

The Fifth Secret: The One Element Missing

Do you sincerely believe in what you are doing and selling? If not, why not?
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The Sixth Secret: Give Yourself Away

What are you giving to your clients? To the world?

The Seventh Secret: Sharpen The Knife

 Are you polishing our writings, your ads, until they are perfect?   Go for
effectiveness rather than cleverness. Are you polishing yourself?

Bruce Barton

 The only book by Barton still in print is his classic best seller, The Man Nobody Knows
(MacMillan, 1987). However, this recent version is heavily edited. I suggest you look in
old book stores for a copy of the 1925 original (it’s not hard to find).

 Here is a complete list of Bruce Barton’s books, many of which are nearly impossible to
obtain except through interlibrary loan:

 Better Days (1924)
 The Book Nobody Knows (1926)
 He Upset The World (1931)
 It’s A good Old World (1920)
 The Making of George Groton (1918)
 The Man Nobody Knows (1925)
 More Power To You (1917)
 On The Up and Up (1929)
 The Resurrection Of A Soul (1912)
 What Can A Man Believe? (1927)
 The Young Man’s Jesus (1914)

 All of Barton’s letters and articles (thousands of them) and other materials are on file at The
State Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin.

 There are several excellent unpublished papers on Barton:

       Bruce Barton And The Twentieth Century Menace Of Unreality by Edrene Stephens
       Montgomery. Ph.D. dissertation. University of Arkansas, 1984. (Contains an
       excellent bibliography).

       And There Arose A New King Which Knew Not Joseph: A Biography of Barton by
       Robert Bedner. Senior Thesis. Princeton. 1947.

       The Messiah of Business: A Study of Bruce Barton by John F. Cook. Master’s
       thesis. University of Wisconsin. 1962.

       Bruce Barton: Editor, Author, Executive by Joseph Meacham. Master’s thesis.
       University of Wisconsin. 1964. (Probably the best and most complete biography of

       The Big Sell: Attitude OF Advertising Writers About Their Craft In The 1920’s And
       1930’s by S.R. Shapiro, Ph.D. dissertation, University of Wisconsin, 1969. Includes a
       section on Barton.
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Bob Bly

 Write for a complete catalog of books, special reports and tapes by this prolific advertising
genius. Bob Bly, 174 Holland, New Milford, NJ 07646.

John Caples

 This legendary copywriter left some priceless books. His most recent my be the best: How
TO Make Your Advertising Make Money (Prentice-Hall, 1983). His earlier book, Making Ads
Pay, contains a couple of charming stories about Bruce Barton’s ads.

Dottie Walters

 To get a copy of Dottie’s excellent book, Speak & Grow Rich, or to get a copy of her
magazine, write: Dottie Walters, PO Box 1120, Glendora, CA 91740.

Recommended Reading:

Only Yesterday: An Informal History Of The 1920’s by Frederick Lewis Allen. An
entertaining and educational 1931 work. Brilliant. (Perennial Library/Harper & Row, 1964.)

Scientific Advertising and My Life In Advertising by Claude Hopkins. One of the
advertising’s founding fathers tells his secrets in two classics from the 1920’s. Worth
memorizing. (NTC Business Books, 1990.)

My First Sixty-Five Years In Advertising by Maxwell Sackheim. Out of print but worth
hunting down. Insightful.

John Caples: ADMAN by Gordon White. (Crain Books, 1977) Only biography of direct
mail king Caples. Includes brief sections on Barton.

100 Top Copywriters And Their Favorite Ads edited by Perry Schofield. (Printer’s Ink,
1954.) Barton’s work is of course included.

The Virgin Queene by Harford Powell, Jr. (Little Brown, 1928). Novel with the main
character – “Barnham Dunn” – probably based on Bruce Barton. (The author had worked for

The 100 Greatest Advertisements edited by Julian Watkins.            (Dover, 1959.)   A classic.
Barton’s work is in here several times.
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How TO Use Psychology For Better Advertising by Melvin Hattwick. A 1950 gem (Prentice
Hall), long out of print.

The Mirror Makers: A History of American Advertising And Its Creators by Stephen Fox.
(Vintage, 1985). Fascinating in depth look at advertising – including Barton’s contribution.

Poor Richard’s Legacy by Peter Baida. (Morrow, 1990). Very readable introduction to the
history of business values. Includes material on Barton.
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“…ideas are about the cheapest of all commodities… But the
supply of men who can execute ideas and make money out of them
is pitifully small.”

                                                        -Bruce Barton, 1936
WHICH OF THE                                     lost
SEVEN               secrets
                 WILL MAKE YOU A SUCCESS?
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Bruce Barton was once so famous his name was a household word. He helped
men become U.S Presidents; he helped legendary tycoons build their empires; he
wrote a best selling book that caused our entire nation to go on a path of service;
and he cofounded BBDO (Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn), one of the largest
advertising firms in the world. Yet he died an unknown millionaire in 1967.

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                                                                            -The Publisher

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